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Bach's Lunch

2012-2013 Recital Series

From 2001 to 2013 in Manhattan Beach, Bach's Lunch recitals have become Classical Crossroads' First Fridays at First! ~ fff recitals in Torrance CA.

Sun Setting in Manhattan Beach

Bach's Lunch recitals were half hour without intermissions. Lunch, with sandwiches made from special-order bakery bread and farmers-market-fresh produce, were available afterwards to enjoy with the artists or take back to the office in a box.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Martha Kleiner, oboe

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LUC KLEINER baritone

Martha Kleiner is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she played in the Philharmonia orchestra, and performed with Boston's Discovery Ensemble. She is a past fellow at the Music Academy of the West, has been a member of the Festival Mozaic Orchestra of San Luis Obispo, and has attended the Aspen Music Festival. Martha is currently pursuing her graduate studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Her teachers have included Los Angeles Philharmonic oboists Anne Marie Gabriele and David Weiss.

Martha will be joined by her brother, baritone Luc Kleiner. Both Martha and Luc are graduates of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and are favorites of local music aficionados. Luc is pursuing a degree in music at California State University Long Beach, where he is a member of the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Calder Quartet Cellist Plays Bach

Eric Byers, cello


Cellist of the famed Calder Quartet, Eric Byers has set out on a project to perform live all of Bach's suites for solo cello in a series of recitals in the Southland and across the country. Eric earned his Bachelor's degree at the USC Thornton School of Music, continued at the Colburn Conservatory, and earned the coveted Artists Diploma at the Juilliard School while the Calder Quartet was in residence.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Steve Gentile, organ


Steve Gentile studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Minnesota with Heinrich Fleischer, and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He also studied at the International Academy in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and in Paris, France with Michel Pinte. Steve Gentile served as the Director of Music/Organist at the Church of St. Helena in Minneapolis and has taught at the MacPhail Center for the Arts.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Masterpieces for Cello & Piano
by Debussy, Brahms, and Beethoven


Steven Vanhauwaert, piano  László Mezo, cello


Hungarian-born cellist László Mezo won top prizes in numerous international competitions including First Prize in the 2008 Ima Hogg International Competition in Texas. László holds Master Degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He recently graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California. A member of the Pacific Symphony, László is a Beverly Hills Auditions winner and a favorite on Classical Underground.
Grand-Prize winner of the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert earned his Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and continued his graduate studies at the USC Thornton School, where he won the USC Concerto Competition. He has also performed as concerto soloist with the USC Thornton, Pacific, Flemish, Bryan, Auburn, Santa Monica, Occidental College-Caltech and Peninsula Symphonies, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, and Prima la Musica, amongst others. Steven is a two-time Beverly Hills Auditions winner and frequent pianist on the Jacaranda series.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Trumpet & Organ Spectacular!

JEFF HELD trumpet

Jeff Held, trumpetTrumpeter Jeff Held is Chairman of the Arts Division of Concordia University Irvine and conductor of the Concordia Wind Orchestra and Sinfonietta. He earned a doctorate from Boston University, a Master's degree from The American Band College at Southern Oregon University and his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University.


Timothy M. Degen, organTimothy M. Degen is Minister of Music, General Music Teacher, and Organist at Faith Lutheran Church and School in Vista, CA. Tim graduated from Concordia University, River Forest, IL, with a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in organ performance.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Organist at
St. Francis Episcopal Church
in Palos Verdes


Composer of the two popular hymns Surely It is God Who Saves Me and My Flesh is Food Indeed, among others, Ray Urwin graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, earned his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from SUNY Stony Brook, and his Doctorate in Organ Performance from Yale University. Dr. Urwin is in demand as an organ recitalist and accompanist, has performed nationally in New York, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Princeton, Sacramento, and other cities, and has been a featured Wednesday recitalist at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Organist at
Westwood Presbyterian Church

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Presidio Brass Trumpeter Steve O'Connor


Namhee Han, organPlaying from the heart defines Namhee Han's approach to music making. Namhee holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance from UCLA. She has been a featured artist at National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. A favorite on the Trinity Lutheran Church's concert series, Namhee Han performs on Southern California's leading organs including the magnificent instruments at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Namhee is resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church.

Steve O’Connor, trumpetTrumpeter Steve O'Connor is the newest member Presidio Brass and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Pops, the Ojai Festival Orchestra, the California and Riverside Philharmonics, as well as Santa Barbara, San Diego, Pasadena, Redlands and San Bernardino Symphonies. Steve serves as a trumpet instructor at California State University Long Beach and at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Master's from Cal State Long Beach.

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

University Organist at California Lutheran University

Kyle Johnson, organ
photo by Karen Quincy Loberg courtesy of the Ventura County Star


Dr. Kyle Johnson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He also holds music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS). At California Lutheran University, where Kyle Johnson is Coordinator of Chapel Music and University Organist, he founded the CLU Chapel Choir, which is a cross-cultural ensemble consisting of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and locals. Dr. Johnson's choral anthem Lamb of God, dedicated to the Chapel Choir, was recently accepted for publication by Augsburg Fortress.

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Pantoum Trio

Pantoum Trio

                                      CÉCILIA TSAN cello
TEREZA STANISLAV violin                             

Pantoum Trio's founding members, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Cécilia Tsan, are joined by the ensemble's new pianist, the renowned Steven Vanhauwaert, to share their passion for chamber music with the audience.

Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Winners of the Lily Laskine International Chamber Music Competition

Guillaume Sutre violin  kyung-Hee Kim-Sutre

GUILLAUME SUTRE violin                                    
                            KYUNG-HEE KIM-SUTRE harp

Born in Seoul, harpist Kyung-Hee Kim-Sutre graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and continued her studies at Indiana University and the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique. First Prize winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Herbert Hobin Harp competition, she performs in Europe, USA and Asia, as a soloist and chamber music partner, particularly with Guillaume Sutre, Raphaël Oleg, Miguel Da Silva, Laure Colladant, The Ysaÿe Quartet, The Ludwig Quartet, David Grimal, Michel Moragues, among others.

Internationally renowned French-born violinist and UCLA Professor Guillaume Sutre is known worldwide as member of the Ysaÿe Quartet and for his recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, harmonia mundi, Naïve, Aeon, and Ysaÿe Records. He was awarded the prestigious George Enesco Prize, and in 1999, he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and the Letters by the French government.

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